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Creativity Grants

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Candice Mowbray

Creativity Grants


The purpose of the Creativity Grant Program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities.

For more information regarding eligibility and funding timelines, please review the Creativity Grants Guidelines.

For more information about detailed eligibility by Program, visit here.

Complete a FY20 Creativity Grant application here. All applicants must register to apply.

Download Creativity Grant Application Scoring Rubric

Receipt of a Creativity Grant requires submission of a Final Report by the end of the Fiscal Year. As a part of this brief report, MSAC collects participant information to report to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Association of State Arts Agencies. 

MSAC will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2020 for the FY21 Application cycle. The grant period for FY21 is July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. Funded activities must occur within the grant period. Applications must be submitted at least 90 days before the funded activities occur.


MSAC Call for Panelists: Creativity Grants

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists to review grant applications for the second year of Creativity Grants! MSAC relies on a diverse array of arts and grants experts from across the State of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating grant applications. Creativity Grant panelists will remotely review grant applications each month for six (6) months. Serving as a panelist is a great opportunity to learn about MSAC's granting processes.

The Creativity Grant program is meant to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. 

Creativity Grant applications: 

  • May be submitted by independent artists or arts organizations; 

  • Are for grant amounts between $1,000 and $3,500; 

  • Include a brief financial statement if being submitted by an organization and no financial statement if being submitted by an independent artist; and

  • Include a narrative statement responding to four questions.

Selected Grant Panelists: 

  • Review applications from April - September 2020 (6 monthly reviews).

  • Receive modest compensation for the entire process each month.

  • Are required to attend one of the following training sessions in March:

  • Monday, March 16th at 9am

  • Tuesday, March 17th at 2pm

  • Wednesday, March 18th at 6pm

  • Must be available to review grant applications remotely between the 10th-15th of each month.

  • Must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete monthly digital reviews.

  • Must be a Maryland state resident.

Apply by filling out the Application Form by Friday, February 14

Questions? Please contact Program Directors, Emily Sollenberger Dobbins at, or Laura Weiss at


MSAC’s  Grant Approach

National arts organizations (National Endowment for the Arts, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Americans for the Arts) have clarified approaches to uncover cultural bias in the procedures and policies of state arts agencies. In response, MSAC has committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in grantmaking as all funding mechanisms continue to be examined and updated.

 The driving goals of this vision for the granting processes are: 

  • To acknowledge positions of privilege while questioning practices, shifting paradigms of status quo arts activities, and taking more risks. 

  • To yield a greater variety of funded projects. 

  • To eliminate biases that may be found in any part of the granting process (e.g. - applications, panelist procedures, adjudication systems). 

  • To expand the deliberations about rigor beyond current conventions or Western traditions. 

  • To aspire to make investments that contribute to social change and demonstrate aesthetic excellence in terms relevant to context and intent.


Creativity Grant Awardees


All grantees are required to submit a Final Report communicating data required by the National Endowment for the Arts. This required data can be found here. For program specific Report information, please see the corresponding Guidelines.